Lesson 2: Craft: Clay

Developing their sculpting and modelling skills, children experiment with using different objects to create interesting textures on the surface of a clay tile

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • I can use my hands as a tool for making

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • To use drawing, painting and sculpture, to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using line, shape, form and space
  • About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need help with cutting their tile outline.


Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage detailed use of pattern and shapes within shapes as well as attempting to create the pot alternative in the ‘Main Event’.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Susan Coles,  
Art & Design specialist
Susan is an educator, artist and an active advocate and well-known champion of art craft and design education. Her roles include: Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft, Design Education, Past President, and now Honorary Fellow of the…
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